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Zooming in on Loss (2019)

Zooming in on Loss
Zooming in on Loss
Zooming in on Loss
Zooming in on Loss
Zooming in on Loss
Zooming in on Loss
Zooming in on Loss
Zooming in on Loss

 
“Prepare yourself. Prepare yourself, prepare! Prepare yourself to handle it. Handle it!”

Zooming in on Loss is Ann Van den Broek’s second production in the triptych, The Memory Loss Collection; a project consisting of a research phase and the creation of three successive productions inspired by the theme memory loss. The preparatory research into the different forms that memory loss can take and the phases in which memory loss manifests itself is what the first production, Blueprint on Memory, was based on. This production literally sketches out the blueprint of memory and the effects of its deterioration. Blueprint on Memory had its premiere in October 2018 and received many excellent reviews.

“The symbolism is as a clear as it is gripping without once becoming sentimental for even one second. Especially people who have experienced dementia and Alzheimer’s firsthand will recognize plenty. Impressive and stirring movement theater.” (NRC Handelsblad ★★★★★)

The second production, Zooming in on Loss, focuses on the internal struggle between individuals and their social environment. With on the one hand the realization that one’s memory is fading and, on the other hand, losing control over that process. All the emotions surrounding loss such as rage and frustration, sadness and pain, resignation and indifference, are all present here. Onlookers experience layers of feelings that are slowly unveiled. Various perspectives that were developed in the first production are used in the development of Zooming in on Loss and will be included in this performance in condensed form. The audience is standing round the performers which gives Zooming in on Loss a large measure of intensity and intimacy.

Zooming in on Loss is set up as an experiment and a challenge since it takes place in a space measuring 1.80 by 1.80 meters. The performers must operate within this spatial installation, which will be the first time this experimental set-up is used. With these restrictions the dancers must find out how far and how compact they can go, how much freedom of movement can be sacrificed and how much intensity can be won. Zooming in on Loss is a multidisciplinary production in which video, an installation, performance, sound, the spoken word and emotional expressions are blended together. Dark, physical and penetrating as is customary in Ann Van den Broek’s inimitable style. Familiar yet alienating, but zoom in and the limitations disappear. Clarity is forever swept away by a state of disorientation, confusion, chaos and madness. Repetition in behavior and patterns, uncoordinated movements, and the loss of recognition fill the space.

The Memory Loss Collection
For The Memory Loss Collection project Ann Van den Broek researched the theme of memory loss. Using her own personal experience as a starting point, she wants to draw attention to a subject that is becoming increasingly important. She does this by creating performances, giving workshops, and introductions and connections with social organizations. The third and last production in the series, with the overall title of Memory Loss, will premiere in 2020.

concept, direction, choreography Ann Van den Broek
original cast Louis Combeaud, Marion Bosetti, Gregory Frateur
video and lighting design Bernie van Velzen
set design Niek Kortekaas
music, text, lurics Gregory Frateur, Ann van den Broek
sound installation Nicolas Rombouts
assistent Ann Nik Rajšek
costumes Marielle Vos, Ann Van den Broek
photography Rio Staelens
premiere April 4, 2019, Péniche La Pop, Paris (FR)

Zooming in on Loss is a WArd/waRD-Ann Van den Broek production, co-produced by Theater Rotterdam, ccBerchem (BE), La Pop (FR) and La Briqueterie-CDC du Val-de-Marne (FR) with financial support from Fonds Podiumkunsten (NL), Gemeente Rotterdam (NL) and ABN AMRO Cultuurfonds (NL).

WArd/waRD

Date City Venue
11 June 2020 Zooming in on Loss Antwerpen (BE) Bourla Schouwburg
10 June 2020 Zooming in on Loss Den Haag (NL) Korzo
29 October 2019 Zooming in on Loss Haarlem (NL) Toneelschuur
26 October 2019 Zooming in on Loss Leiden (NL) Theater ins Blau
16 October 2019 Zooming in on Loss Amsterdam (NL) Theater Bellevue
15 October 2019 Zooming in on Loss Amsterdam (NL) Theater Bellevue
12 October 2019 Zooming in on Loss Drachten (NL) Schouwburg De Lawei
10 October 2019 Zooming in on Loss Antwerpen (BE) ccBerchem
9 October 2019 Zooming in on Loss Tilburg (NL) De Nieuwe Vorst
8 October 2019 Zooming in on Loss Breda (NL) Chassé Theater
8 May 2019 Zooming in on Loss Utrecht (NL) Theater Kikker
7 May 2019 Zooming in on Loss Utrecht (NL) Theater Kikker
25 April 2019 Zooming in on Loss Arnhem (NL) Stadstheater
24 April 2019 Zooming in on Loss Nijmegen (NL) LUX
23 April 2019 Zooming in on Loss Maastricht (NL) AINSI Theater
20 April 2019 Zooming in on Loss Purmerend (NL) Theater De Verbeelding
19 April 2019 Zooming in on Loss Rotterdam (NL) Motel Mozaïque
18 April 2019 Zooming in on Loss Rotterdam (NL) Motel Mozaïque
6 April 2019 Zooming in on Loss Parijs (FR) La Pop
5 April 2019 Zooming in on Loss Parijs (FR) La Pop
4 April 2019 Zooming in on Loss Parijs (FR) La Pop – première
Zooming in on Loss (2019)